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Catholic Connection – Dec 14, 2023 – Hr 2

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. discusses a study that says teens are more likely to be mentally healthy if they have Conservative parents. Dr. Barbara Nicolosi reviews Disney’s new movie, “Wish.”




Segment 1 – Intro and News


Segment 2 & 3  Teens More Likely to be Mentally Healthy if They Have Conservative Parents, Study Says
“After a decade of surging adolescent mental health problems and suicide, the nation’s leading public health authorities have declared an emergency. Unfortunately, the solutions proposed by organizations like the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics—such as increased funding for diagnostic and psychiatric services—do not meet the challenge and ignore what are likely to be the most important causes. Adolescent biology hasn’t changed.”  Read more here and here.

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is a Jesuit priest, President and Founder of Ignatius Productions, world renowned lecturer, spiritual director for over fifty Holy Land pilgrimages, and EWTN host of television and radio shows.  An accomplished biblical scholar and apologist, Father Pacwa, S.J. earned his Ph.D. in the Old Testament from Vanderbilt University. He also holds a Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Loyola University. He speaks 12 languages, including Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Koine Greek.


Segment 4 – Disney’s ‘Wish’ Unfulfillment
Dr. Nicolosi says, “The Mouse’s latest offering is startlingly unfulfilling as entertainment and just as vacuous in terms of having any real wisdom to share.”  She’s here to explain.

Dr. Barbara Nicolosi was the screenwriter of the 2000 release Fatima. She is a creative and theological consultant on many media productions. She teaches creative writing and screenwriting online for Write Spirit, an initiative of the Catholic Art Institute. She is also the Director of Liturgy at St. Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake VA.





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